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  1. Hi, saddletramp. I don't look at this Avanti site every day, and therefore don't immediately see posts. I sent you a PM yesterday indicating I had sold the manual, and then posted that same information here. In my PM, I also indicated to you that the photo quality of today's reproduction Avanti shop manual and parts book was much better than what you have experienced in the early repro. About my Avanti parts book, the hopeful Avanti guy in the Czech Republic also bought that. I really think you'll be happy with the quality of the current reproduction Avanti books, if you're simply looking for good information and decent photos. Good luck on this! John
  2. From studequest above: "I am a fixer. I like the original equipment working." Yes, yes, yes, studequest. I'm also a fixer. Over the years, I found that if I don't fix the little issues as they arise, my collector car eventually becomes a rundown piece of crap (at least in my eyes). All a matter of personal preference, of course. John
  3. Sorry, Bill.....but this Avanti shop manual was sold to a car guy in the Czech Republic some time ago. He was anticipating the purchase of an Avanti, and wanted to get the shop manual in advance. John
  4. Thanks very much for the info and the ideas, guys. I will follow up on them. John
  5. Hi, Gang. I haven't kept up-to-date about which vendors are doing what, with regard to original or reproduction, first generation Avanti vinyl interior fabric. Thinking about correct "grain" and color match, of course. Thanks for any suggestions about where to look. John
  6. Body color....on my very original '63 White Avanti. Logic should also tell us that the factory wouldn't take the time or the materials to mask off the engine bay area, and paint it in black, compared to simply shooting it in body color, as part of the overall exterior paint job. John
  7. An excellent period look for an Avanti II. To me, they look much more "performance" than Magnum 500's, wires or wire wheel caps. Thanks for sharing. John
  8. I had this same "manual" discussion with Mr. Boone in a PM a week or so ago. At that time, Dan hadn't gotten the purchase of an Avanti shop manual to the top of his priority list yet. I'm afraid it's a generational thing. Too easy and too quick to simply post online for assistance, rather than read about Avanti mechanical components in the actual shop manual (gaining some education, and perhaps the ability to solve a problem for oneself). No specific poke at Dan Boone intended. I think many of us have learned that if we don't have the basic knowledge or skill to troubleshoot a problem for ourselves, we simply have to seek out a shop that can fix the problem. YES, it's hard to find an experienced, interested service garage to work on our Avanti automobiles. But, that's simply another problem that needs to be solved by the car owner. Perhaps Dan isn't a member of the AOAI, and just uses this free forum. However, if he is an AOAI member, he can look in the membership roster, and contact other Avanti owners in his area to ask about shops they use and trust. John
  9. I don't get it, Dan. This is the same question you asked in another topic you started on February 28. Your initial topic is headlined: "Crooked steering wheel after new wheels and alignment" and is just a couple of topics down from this new one you just posted. Lots of guys gave you the benefit of their time and experience in replying to your first post. Your final post to this first topic was that you moved the steering wheel on the splined shaft, and the wheel was now straight. But now, you seem to be asking the original question all over again. Can you clarify what's going on? John
  10. Yes, Dan, most of us guys will suggest that you should get used to hearing that comment from your wife on a fairly regular basis! So, once you got the large nut off, could you tell if there was any factory index mark that would show the original (from the factory) position of the steering wheel on the shaft? If so, was the steering wheel and the shaft still indexed to that position? If no index mark, was your solution to simply relocate the position of the steering wheel a notch or two on the splined shaft, until the wheel was centered? Glad you're happy with the outcome. John
  11. Dan Boone: Did you get my PM (the little white envelope at the top right of the page)? A response would be appreciated. John
  12. Dan, it's wonderful that you're interested in your brother's Avanti, and want to start enjoying it. It sounds like you're a pretty persistent guy. You'll get to the bottom of this steering thing, for sure. Gary, with regard to your second paragraph: In my earlier comments, I meant that a prior owner or shop, might have moved the steering wheel on the splined shaft to center it (to compensate for all the front end wear-related issues Dan's shop eventually fixed). No telling what might have been done in the past! I sure agree with you that it's hard to do much but guess, when trying to help by long distance. John
  13. Hey, Guys....I believe all of us are assuming two things: First, perhaps the new tie rod ends aren't as "long" as the originals. Therefore, there would be less threaded shank available for the adjustment. Hopefully, Dan still has the original tie rod ends, and can compare their length to the ones the shop installed. Second assumption: That the steering wheel is currently properly indexed on the splined shaft, as observed when removing the center medallion on the steering wheel. It's been awhile since I had mine off, but I recall an indexing indication for the shaft and the wheel. Was it a cold chisel mark and a dot? I don't recall. Anyway, I believe Dan should twist off the medallion and check that. If his front end was so crappy before, perhaps someone previously relocated the steering wheel on the shaft to get the steering wheel centered. IF so, Dan can remove the steering wheel and rotate it back to the indexed position. Hopefully, that would yield a straight steering wheel positioning. If this doesn't take care of the issue, I think the consensus of comments "to find another shop" makes great sense. However, if the new shop can't inexpensively solve the steering wheel centering problem, I think I could live with repositioning the steering wheel on the splined shaft. This won't cause any problems with the turning circle or centering of the gears in the steering box, since the position of the splined shaft (thus what's inside the steering box) doesn't change in the least. You've only changed the position of the wheel that turns the shaft. John
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